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Another Quick Post Before Heading Out

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Have been busy at work, but managed to knit a bit on the Nordic Cowl.  Progress is moving right along - am more than halfway into the second half, so I guess I'm past 75 percent done:)! When you get this close to finishing a project, you just have to keep on keeping on. The Truckbeth Carbeth is still sitting in time out through no fault of its own.  I have been admiring the finished projects of others and am really looking forward to getting those sleeves started ... and done. I just feel the need to finish this older project first.  I have never been known for following the crowd, often to my own detriment, but oh. well.:) The sock has had a modicum of progress.  Almost not worth a picture.  Oh all right;) you twisted my arm:)....





There really is not much new to report.  Work progresses. I am busy one day and have some time to regroup the next - a good rhythm.  Music is complicated. Wish I had more to report, but I'd be invading the privacy of others and won't do that.  Jus…

Overslept Sunday

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Church was at 9 a.m. Choir was supposed to be practicing by 8:30 (quietly and crowdedly) in the Music Director's office WITH the children's choir. Yeah.  No. Not because I didn't want to, but because yet again, I fell asleep at some ungodly (pardon the pun) hour and grossly overslept.  Like two hours overslept. Sorry, Nancy. I must still be detoxing recovering from last weekend and the crazy week I had afterward. I didn't have much more work last week than I normally do.  True, we had a long day of settlement negotiations on Tuesday, but the rest of the week was fairly normal.  My sleep patterns were just terrible. By the time I'd get home in the evening, I'd be feeling downright sick to the point of a  fever, would fall asleep in front of the boob tube, and then wake up hours before dawn, unable to go back to sleep. Something had to give. I finally did get 8 hours of good sleep but at the expense of letting my fellow choir members down yet again. Hopefully, I a…

Shhhh it's early...

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I woke up this morning before dawn.  Who knows why.  I am already tired, LOL, but have to get ready for work in a few minutes.  I thought I'd post a little update.  

The spring get-together at the Blue Mountain Retreat Center was wonderful.  I had such a great time with a terrific bunch of fellow knitters:)! It was nice to get away to knit, catch up on what's going on in everyone's lives and knit.  Unlike the Fall Retreat, which is organized by the Columbia Sip 'n Knit group, this is just a casual weekend where we all pay a share of the costs, and contribute to meals, snacks, etc.  The owner is so nice.  You can see a picture of her in the collage in my previous post - she's the one standing by her car (and dog).  We've already booked next year!
One thing I did this time that I usually do not do was to bring a few older unfinished WIPs to decide whether to frog or continue.  I made one scarf project into a cowl and called it done, frogged another and decided that…

Retreat!!!

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Out in a spot in western Maryland, about a half mile away from where the Potomac and the Shenandoah Rivers meet at the intersection of Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia, on top of a hill, nestled in the woods, is a little retreat center called the Blue Mountain Retreat Center. Groups of many kinds come
here, quilters, weavers, seekers of truth and.... yep knitters:). Owned by a lady named Beth Ehrhardt, a massage therapist, among other things,  the retreat center boasts comfort, cleanliness, one home-cooked meal served during the weekend, a spacious kitchen and gathering place, and WiFi. The surrounding woods are beautiful, and despite this weekend’s inch or so of snow, provides ample opportunity for a walk. I brought a lot of projects along. Long-neglected WIPs (works in progress for you non-knitters out there), and a number of current ones I’ve been slogging away on (can you see a Carbeth in the future?). Before I left for this retreat, while taking a break from getting ready f…

Banging out a Carbeth... or was it Slogging through a Truckbeth?

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I have missed a wee bit of time on the Carbeth.  One needs to earn a living, you know.   After swatching and figuring out which size to make (not as easy as it might seem), I finally got started. Progress has not been as swift as I would like, mostly because knitting with thick yarn and fat needles can be tough on the hands (I am knitting with two strands of worsted weight doubled on size US 10 1/2 needles - not my usual). Nevertheless, I have made some progress.
From here:

to here:

and  now here:
I'm hitting a sort of cadence.  And though it is slower going than usual, each stitch rewards you with a lot more than you would get knitting fingering weight on size 3's.  The top photo was shot during daylight; therefore the color is more accurate.
Random thoughts: By encouraging knitters to "bang out" a sweater in a shorter period of time than usual, MDK encourages a practice foreign to so many of us process knitters: being monogamous. (Note: this is a problem for me in…

Well it's about time!

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Sure took me long enough! Yep - it's been almost four months.  I am writing this on a work break; in about an hour or so, I will start my late-afternoon, early evening round of client visits, then with any luck to the knitting meetup I have been notoriously awful about attending. I thought I'd start this post with something non-knitting-related and a fairly unusual sight around here, though not the first I've seen - a black squirrel.  He scared off the birds and decided to chow down on some of the nuts our daughter, S, put out for them. The squirrels and the birds provide no end of entertainment when I'm working at this desk from home. Pardon the quality of the photo - I didn't want to startle him, so I sat zoomed in from my phone's camera. And of course, the best shot of him was through the screen, LOL:)!He is a beauty, though.  
Well my goodness, what's been going on these past almost four months? Quite a bit of knitting, I can tell you - and a lot of wor…